Iwai Cape

Ryu no Matsu pine tree - a symbol of recovery from the earthquake - and a cape certified as a geosite of Sanriku Geopark

Iwai Cape in Sanriku Fukko National Park has limestone geological features eroded by seawater over many years. The tip of the cape is home to rocks where water spouts up every time the waves hit the rock hole of the marine eroded cave. When the waves are rough, the water spouts up even higher and more dynamically. This allows visitors to feel the wonder of the activities of nature.

The dragon-shape disaster-affected Ryu no Matsu pine tree is one of the highlights here. It was severely damaged by the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, part of the pine tree miraculously remains. It looks like the shape of a dragon trying to climbing to the heavens. This led to its name of Ryu no Matsu (Dragon Pine Tree).

This is also a place where salt making thrived. You can try making natural salt rich in minerals using seawater in the Salt Making Experience Hall. 

General Information

●Approx. 1 hour and 35 minutes from Ichinoseki IC on the Tohoku Expressway
●Approx. 25 minutes by car from JR Kesennuma Station
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